COVID-19 Information for Agricultural Workers

— Written By

While much of this information is geared towards their region, The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health has put together some great information regarding COVID-19. Click the link for the resource page for answers to frequently asked questions and more.

Good morning. GPCAH has created a COVID-19 resource page with materials specifically for individuals working in agriculture. All of the pertinent information is included below. Please contact me with any questions.

Press Release:

Visit GPCAH for important information about COVID-19 and working in agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2020
CONTACT: Jenn Patterson, MLitt, GPCAH Communications Coordinator

Jennifer-j-patterson@uiowa.edu, 319-335-4026

Is social distancing different in a barn than in an open field? How do you keep shared farm equipment clean? The answers to these questions (and many more) are now available at COVID-19_April.

The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH) has developed an informational website to guide agricultural workers through questions they have about working with community spread COVID-19. The site will be updated as new information on how to protect farmers available. We will provide interpretations, resource links, and posters to use and share with others. The website provides links to resources for Spanish speakers and will have even more GPCAH-relevant materials available soon.

“Over 60% of Iowa’s farmers are over the age of 65, which puts them at a high risk of developing severe symptoms if they develop COVID-19,” said Renée Anthony, GPCAH Director. The posters on GPCAH convey ways to enhance physical distancing on the farm to minimize the spread of this novel coronavirus, giving specific examples of how to change work routines to enhance distancing between workers and others on the farm.

The mission of this CDC/NIOSH-funded center is to keep people safe and healthy on the farm. The GPCAH is using the expertise throughout the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health to recommend precautions and best-practices in this time of great uncertainty. As Midwestern farmers are now back in the fields, we urge everyone to take extra safety precautions to prevent injuries — right now, no one wants to have to visit an emergency room when COVID-19 cases are still on the rise throughout our region.

Send questions or comments about COVID-19 directly to GPCAH staff by emailing cph-greatplainscenter@uiowa.edu. Also, follow GPCAH on social media for tips and updates on Twitter and Facebook.